so i guess the dictionary definition of government does for me...
1. the political direction and control exercised over the actions of the members, citizens, or inhabitants of communities, societies, and states; direction of the affairs of a state, community, etc.; political administration;
2. the form or system of rule by which a state, community, etc., is governed;
3. the governing body of persons in a state, community, etc.; administration.
and the confusing part comes with the distinction between a State and a government.